Malawi braces for continued electicity woes – ESCOM

Malawi will experience more power outages due to low energy supplies and maintenance work being carried out at Nkula power plantation A and B located on Shire River which has been affected after torrential rains knocked down 10 pylons, sole electricity provider Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) has said.

Debris and trash at Nkula power plan

Debris and trash at Nkula power plan

Since the onset of the rains, large amounts of debris and trash have been washed down the Shire River, clogging intake screens in the process, according to  ESCOM CEO John Kandulu

Kandulu said they were  not generating any power from Nkula A and B, because machines and the entry point are all clogged with silt, trash and logs, so no water is entering the machine.

“We have lost 124 megawatts [about 35 percent] due to the floods,” said Kandulu. “It is a huge loss of business for us.”

He said the country will continue to experience power blackouts until problem with the machines is fully addressed.

“The power supply situatio is expected to remain subdued.  I am not sure as to when we are going to get over the problem but let us hope it will be sooner, ESCOM is currently losing K4.1million due to extraction of the machines,” said Kandulu.

The loss of power means small- and medium-scale businesses have to use generators.

Economist Edward Chilima warned that this would have a huge economic impact.

“In the short term, this will have a huge impact on the economy, as it is already slowing down most productive economic sectors, as they are not performing to capacity,” he said.

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29 thoughts on “Malawi braces for continued electicity woes – ESCOM”

  1. mamatina says:

    Bola nthawi ya amai anthu amamenya cashgate magetsi osazima koma izi ntchito zawo zawaikira umboni alephera.

  2. Suicide Bonza says:

    Every year we hear of debris and its over 10yrs and nothin is being done! It seems you don’t have a plan to, you are only good at sponsoring ruling parties and donating hhuge amounts of money to charity organisations of the ruling president. Its time ESCOM should have competitors.

  3. Wopondaponda says:

    A ESCOM ndi agalu, iwowo disaster preparedness plan yawo ili kuti?

  4. Andy kings says:

    all u know is 2 collect bills instead of solving problem on ur machine first.look now we r suffering from powet suply & every busines is going down bt u hav taken it as silly thing,u r saying everyone must pay bills,wat kind of stealing is this? am so tired of u.

  5. opportunist says:

    This company continues to amaze me. During previous regime we could hardly have blackouts of this nature. Should we say we had no rains? .Lame excuses always

  6. Nthawi says:

    Koma ndiye tikadazunzika, sha

  7. sapitwa says:

    Shortsighted escom koma kukwela ma hammer za zii

  8. nyakwa nganga says:

    Well done escom mwina akufuna mtsogolomu magetsi asazazimeso nde mukatha kuchosa zinyalalazo mukapheso anyani akuzimisa magewo mukatero sipazakhaso blackouts

  9. Zladko says:

    If we are to dull on the engineering side, is there no economist who can calculate on a senario what it cost: local economy vs. Mosambic connection

  10. Mazulu says:

    These are the stories of escom everytime they bring new problem sono chabwitsa ndi chakuti nthawi ya JB zimenezi kunalibe ndiye kaya panopa mukuyendetsa bwanji bomali?

  11. ASAAAAAAA…ME…I UNDERSTAND.IT IS TRUE THAT NOBODY IN MALAWI CARES ABOUT THE WANTON DESTRUCTION OF OUR FORESTS.HOW CAN AN MP STAND IN PARLIAMENT AND BOASTFULLY DECLARE THAT HIS CONSTITUENTS CAN CONTINUE TRADING IN CHARCOL UNTIL GOVT GIVES THEM AN ALTENATIVE? LEADER AFTER LEADER… NOBODY HAS EVER SPOKEN ABOUT THIS BAD PRACTICE. INDEED WE ARE PAYING FOR THE SINS OF A FEW INDIVIDUALS WHO CAN NOT BE CONTROLLED BY GOVT. WE MUST NOT BLAME ESCOM..LET US FACE THE MUSIC , ALL OF US STUPID MALAWIANS….FROM THE PRESIDENTS TO THE CHARCOL SELLERS!

  12. Zikomankhani says:

    While all this is happening, the Minister of Energy is in the UK doing the Foreign Affairs Minister’s job! APM’s cabinet should get its act together.

    Escom and the Water Boards are Government corporations – the responsible minister should always be in the forefront demanding answers and action from management, and then communicating progress to the public. When ministers are chosen they are all over the place ‘touring establishments under their ministry’. When those same establishments run into problems the ministers are nowhere to be seen!

    Come on Malawians – we should not just blame management of parastatals – we should also demand that the responsible minister show us what he or she is doing. This is how democracies are supposed to operate.

    Since it is fashionable for DPP apologists to draw comparisons with the West, I want to point out that when the Charlie Hebdo incident happened in Paris it was the Interior Minister who took charge. If a similar incident happened in Malawi, it would be left to the Police Commissioner of that region to take charge. Our executive branch thinks they are just there to enjoy executive privilege…

    I look forward to seeing a picture of Atupele Muluzi inspecting the trash at Nkula…

  13. Imraan Sidik says:

    Malawi watsopano wolamulidwa ndi a professor. A country full of everthing negative. Pathetic leadership. Busy boasting about projects initiated by former leaders. I have problems with this country’s leaderahip. Its simply to artificial and lacks maturity

  14. peter says:

    its a complete shame dat some one stand up b4 the public promising dat there will be no more blak outs in 2014 and 2015 iknew dat he oz lying.muzivomereza kulephera kwanu .its me a concernd blakout malawian

  15. Fathi Alshehaab says:

    escom whats the morality to hav street lights on at 0550pm to dosn yet jones hav no power..over 12hrs.. i also notuce that some areas in dark all day or nite yet ena ali ndi moto example kanjedza vs chinyonga or kamba why?

  16. Kuganiza nde kosoyana nthawi ya JB kunalibe nyasizi

  17. Kodi kundirande chinseu kwalakwa chani abale anga a ESCOM? Each and every time mwafuna kuthimisa magesi ikumakhala mbali yathu pamene anzathu akumaplot akusangalala ndimagesi. Mukungowazimisira for short period of time. Pena osthima kumene nde ntchito zikuyenda side imeneyi. Tonse ndife anthu musayambise zipolowe, ngat inu mumapanga zothimisa magesinu u leave that side kumeneko sikukhala muyambisa zipolowo coz business pple akukoza zobwera kuma office kwanuko kuzamang’ala.

  18. charlie hebdo says:

    Malawians are a intellectually lazy bunch of sub-human primates losers!!All we know is nsima, chigololo, miseche and constant complaining!! There in no difference in Malawi’s infrastructure since the white colonialists left!! look at Limbe- same old useless town with no new devlopments!! both Indians and indigenes just f**king local girls but no development!! look in the mirror Malawians- we are the root of ALL our problems!! we are just a bunch of losers with big mouths and very corrupt morals!! may we all rot in HELL!! THe rest of the world have figured us out- all we know is to beg and steal!!! eiiiishh!! take me away Lord!!

  19. dambudzo mwasanya says:

    Lero kwathu magetsi anayaka for the whole day mpakana tinalakalaka kuyimbila Escom as to what is happening because we are used with blackouts.The company thrives on perpertual excuses.It is never prepared for anything but for bills collection even if u leave in darkness for the whole month.We need a competitor in Malawi.How can Malawi’s economy tick like this?

  20. Sapitwa kakulanye says:

    People have destroyed the environment, trees have been cut aimlessly in the name of poverty. Now is pay back time. Don’t blame ESCOM. Very few people are stressing the root cause of the disaster. If you go to Dzalanyama Forest Reserve and see the damage to the catchment area of Lilongwe river, you will never blame Lilongwe Water Board for failing to provide water around October to December. Unless we solve forest degradation and other environmental problems, lets be assured that Malawi will be engulfed in serious disasters. In Blantyre look at Soche, Ndirande and Michiru Forest Reserves, is it strange to have houses swept in Chilobwe, Ndirande and surrounding areas? Malawians should learn to live in harmony with trees, forests and nature if you like even under extreme poverty. Otherwise, you blame wrong people who are not responsible for the root cause.

  21. chibwatiko says:

    ulamuliro wa lhomwe ndi omwewo. Ndakhala ndikunena ine kuti anthu awa ndi makape anthu ambiri osamva mpakana kuwavotera. Zinthu ziyenda bwanji msanga poti ndalama zikupita ku chipani chawo. Amalawi tidakali mmavuto a phwe. Uku ndikuyamba chabe.

  22. Chief says:

    Monkeys, fat and thin monkeys

  23. nganga says:

    Evn if we cn stay 4 10 yrs wthout rain, de prblm wl owez b ther. Coz we xperienc such outages frm jan 1-dec 31. De prblm z nt de nkulas a or b or c or de rains…….CORUPTION

  24. nganga says:

    Evn if we cn stay 4 10 yrs wthout rain, de prblm wl owez b ther. Coz we xperienc such outages frm jan 1-dec 31

  25. ujeni says:

    Cleaning and maintenance at these power stations should be a daily ritual, thats how power stations are run in the west, even the underground tube train lines are serviced and maintenace done 24/7 non stop. In Malawi maintenance follows a breakdown

  26. fkr says:

    And where is plan B? Where is the connection to Kabora Bassa? Why can no one think at Escom? Why will no one at the Escom faults line in Lilongwe answer any of the supplied telephone numbers? I am sorry but senior management at Escom better think about resigning and rate growing maize than trying to run Escom. Surely you can’t say that know one thought that this was going to eventually happen and no one did anything to prevent this failure? No brains

  27. sothini says:

    Finance Minister had put aside funds inreadiness of this after being advised that Malawi this year will `ve heavy disastrous rains: Why didnt u put inplace logistics atleast to curb than having no modelity inplace Escom management.
    Gud at overcharging and taxing bills.

  28. Denkhule says:

    This explains the reason why we were supposed to import electrcity from Mozambique. Its very bad indeed for our poor economy.

  29. Kasenye says:

    Just Privatise ESCOM!

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